The massive expansion of the Border Patrol – including at least 5,000 new agents – promised by President Donald Trump hasn’t materialized yet. In fact, seven months later, the number of border agents in the field has dropped by more than 200 and on track to deported 10,000 fewer people in 2017 than in 2016, the L.A. Times reports.
That doesn’t mean there has not been a crackdown, however. Arrests of undocumented people have surged since January. Because the system is so overloaded, many detainees remain in immigration prisons without hearings.
The crackdown has been great for the private prison industry, which is booming under Trump as refugees and asylum-seekers languish in overcrowded facilities alongside people suspected of being in the country without documentation.
Politics, Tigers and Crime, Oh My!
Prosecutors have dropped charges against a former Tijuana Council member who had been accused of participating in a scheme to illegally smuggle funds into the United States through San Diego in order to launder them and then wire them back to Mexico. Luis Torres Santillán was arrested in December, less than a month after his swearing-in at Tijuana’s City Hall. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, admitting he was an accessory to a crime and was sentenced to three years’ unsupervised probation and 20 days of volunteer work.
Human bones from more than 120 people have been found in the Maclovio Rojas area of Tijuana. The remains are thought to have been buried there a decade ago, and the mass grave is thought to be connected to cartel activity, but as yet it is not known how they died or who buried them there.